Sparkling start to festive season in Skegness

Santa arrives in the Skegness Christmas parade. ANL-180312-103231001
Santa arrives in the Skegness Christmas parade. ANL-180312-103231001

The chairman of Skegness Carnival has sent out a massive thank you to everyone for making this year’s new Christmas festival in the resort an “amazing success”. Organisers of the annual Christmas lights switch on at The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness on Friday promised a bigger and brighter event than ever before - and with the weather holding out it proved a dazzling start to the festive season.

Fun began with an illuminated Santa parade, with help from the Skegness Fire Brigade, leaving Briar Way, travelling along the High Street and down Lumley Road to where the switch-on of the Christmas tree and lights took place outside the Hildreds Centre, with Lincs FM joining in the countdown.

Skegness Christmas parade. ANL-180312-103313001

Skegness Christmas parade. ANL-180312-103313001

Youngsters got a first glimpse of Cinderella’s enchanted grotto in the shopping centre, where there were lots of new decorations and displays.

County Linx Radio provided the festive music throughout and hosted the Embassy Theatre Academy Adults Choir on stage.

The heavens finally opened as promised on Saturday for the start of the Christmas market - but it didn’t stop people turning out to soak up the atmosphere.

Gary Starr, chairman of Skegness Carnival, commented: “What an amazing success our Victorian Christmas Market was this year. Despite the weather, thousands of people visited Skegness and supported our great day, which this year had more stalls and attractions than ever before.

Skegness Christmas parade. ANL-180312-103251001

Skegness Christmas parade. ANL-180312-103251001

“A massive thank you to our sponsors East Lindsey District Council, the volunteers who came and helped build the stalls at 6am and break them down at the end of the day, the stall holders who supported the event and braved the cold and of course the Carnival committee who organised the event for the town.

“Don’t forget our Christmas Grotto, kindly brought to you and created by the Hildreds, is open for selected dates to see Santa Claus and all proceeds go toward funding next year’s Carnival events.”

Skegness Christrmas parade. ANL-180312-103201001

Skegness Christrmas parade. ANL-180312-103201001

Skegness lights switch-on.

Skegness lights switch-on.

Skegness Christmas lights switch-on. ANL-180312-104228001

Skegness Christmas lights switch-on. ANL-180312-104228001

Skegness Christmas Market. ANL-180312-105827001

Skegness Christmas Market. ANL-180312-105827001

Skegness Christmas Market. L-R Vicki Cartwright of Christopher's, Skegness. ANL-180312-105747001

Skegness Christmas Market. L-R Vicki Cartwright of Christopher's, Skegness. ANL-180312-105747001

Skegness Christmas Market. Grace Mayde 14 and Katie Mayde of Skegness. ANL-180312-105806001

Skegness Christmas Market. Grace Mayde 14 and Katie Mayde of Skegness. ANL-180312-105806001

Skegness Christmas Market. L-R Donna Hinchliffe and Jayne Adams. ANL-180312-110612001

Skegness Christmas Market. L-R Donna Hinchliffe and Jayne Adams. ANL-180312-110612001

Skegness Christmas Market. Kevin Reddish and Nean Reddish with their Christmas gifts. ANL-180312-105632001

Skegness Christmas Market. Kevin Reddish and Nean Reddish with their Christmas gifts. ANL-180312-105632001